- (Mission, B.C., Canada): Barbarian Press, 2021.
- large 8vo
- half green Japanese silk with decorated papers, paper spine label , silk chemise, silk covered boards slipcase, paper spine label on chemise
- 271, (cclxxv - cclxxxi) pages
- ISBN: 9780920971574
- ISBN: 9780920971574
Price: $950.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 136864
"Sudden Immobility" is a bargain for twice, or even three times, the price. If you can still get a copy, you should. - Griffin Gonzales, Library Thing.
Sudden Immobility is published by Barbarian Press in an edition of 125 copies, of which this copy is one of the Regular state of 53 copies bound in half green Japanese silk with paper decorated with typographical ornaments, and slipcased. The binding was executed by Alanna Simenson of Mad Hatter Bookbinding in Sooke, British Columbia. It is the 50th book from the press.
The poems were hand-set by Apollonia Felicity Elsted in Joanna roman & italic with Tiern Titling for display, and printed by Jan Elsted and Apollonia Felicity Elsted. The engravings are by Andy English, printed from the wood. The paper is Zerkall Smooth White Wove. Crispin Elsted selected and arranged the poems, and designed the book.
From the printer and designer: "We are delighted to work again with Andy English, whose enthusiasm knows few if any bounds. We are deeply grateful. This is our fifth book together, and we anticipate many more with concomitant enthusiasm. Most of all we wish to thank Nicola Carpenter and Gerard Holden for their kindness and trust in granting us permission to print this edition of their mother's poems, & for their generosity in selecting from her papers the eight poems first appearing here. This book has been a work of the heart, and we hope it will help to bring Molly Holden's poetry the wider recognition it deserves."
From the engraver: "I took on this commission during the Covid-19 pandemic and, for most of it, Joan and I were 'locked down' or self isolating at home. We were lucky in that I work in my sutdio and Joan has created a pleasant garden for us which fills with birds. There are many lanes around the village, along which we took our daily exercise. We confined ourselves to home & village. At the same time, 2021 dealt me my own health problem which stopped me from driving and made me reluctant to take unaccompanied walks.
Although there was no comparison between my situation & that of Molly Holden as MS took hold of her, I read and re-read her poems from a different perspective and thought about them while sitting in the garden and walking along the lanes and I found much of my inspiration for the wood engravings that decorate this volume in those places. Other poems stirred memories which I recreated in some illustrations, giving them what seems to me a slightly dream-like feel. For example, the mention of the village of Uffington took me back to visits to its ancient hill figure of a horse cut into the chalk downland.
Butterflies and birds feature heavily in these engravings. They are creatures that come to a patient observer, who does not have to go out to find them. More than ever before, I sat and watched and considered before drawing. Following Holden's example, I watched shadows more slowly over trees and walls before capturing them in my sketchbook. Much of this work, which has taken nearly a year to finish, is a personal visual diary of the pandemic."